WHY DO WE BELIEVE
The need to believe comes from the fact that with faith all things are possible.
We live in a complicated world with so many information thrown at us.
We are doubtful and we are a curious people.
When we believe, we are exercising our power to create and bring into existence to that which seems impossible.
We come to a new understanding that satisfies us mentally, physical and spiritually.
We believe to have a sense of purpose, of self-awareness and of things to come.
WHY BELIEVE THE BIBLE
The Bible contains divine wisdom, prophesies that have come true and inspirations that have helped humanity over the ages. It is a source of spiritual enlightenment. The mysteries of God and or of the divine Trinity are revealed to those who have the spiritual and mystical acumen to understand. Above all, it is a multipurpose instrument of instruction. “All scripture is God inspired and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be well equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
When we say it is the Word of God we are saying that was inspired by God. 2 Peter 1:21
We believe in One God.
We believe God is the Creator of all things seen and unseen.
We believe God is the Uncreated Creator. That means nothing was created before Him. Therefore, God is like and only equal to Himself (1 King 8:23, Jer 10:6).
We believe God is the Energy of the universe and all that is.
We believe God, the Father is first of the Trinity.
We believe God is Spirit, the giver of life, the source of love and being.
We believe God is the essence of our being.
We believe God resides in us to work through us, in us, with us and for us.
We believe God is neither male nor female but Spirit. (John 4:24)
We believe God is the only perfect Life and perfect Power.
We believe God created us in His image and spiritual likeness. (Genesis 1:27)
We believe God is manifested in all things that He created.
We believe God cannot be named by humans nor be defined (Exodus 3:14-15)
God is limitless, boundless and infinite.
God is beyond human understanding and beyond the power of human nature to comprehend. (Isaiah 40:13, Romans 11:34)
God is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. God can do what God wants, when He wants and how He wants.
God is the I AM, the first and the last (Isaiah 44:6)
The difference between “God” and “Lord”: God means the substance of His Divinity and Lord is the title given to His power. The substance has always existed with His own name but the title “Lord” was added after the creation of things over which He is Lord- (Ancient Christian Doctrine)
Jesus is the gift of God to humanity.
We believe Jesus is the incarnate of God. (John 1:14, John 14:11, Philippians 2:6-8)
We believe Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God formed and fashioned in the Spirit of the Creator-God. He is the Word of God (Logos). He was with God in the beginning. The “Word” is Jesus who became flesh and dwells among us (John 1:1-10)
We believe He was born of Mary. (Matthew 1:20, Luke 1:35)
We believe He is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29)
We believe in the supremacy of Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and Redeemer. The fullness of God is in Him (Colossians 1:15-20)
We believe anyone who is in Christ is a new creation (born again). “To all who receive Him, to those who believe in His Name, he gave right to become children of God.” John 1: 12-13 The old way of life gives way to the new.
We believe Jesus came to set us free from mental and spiritual slavery of worldly attachments as our sources of hope, joy, peace and happiness. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
We believe God gave Him power and authority and through Him we share in the promise of God. Therefore, we are co-heirs with Christ to share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his Glory (Romans 8:17)
We believe He came to lead humanity to God consciousness. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
We believe Jesus came that we might have life (a new life, spiritual life, a full life) and to have this life abundantly. John 10:10
We believe that Jesus came to change our thinking: to guide us to a deeper and spiritual thinking about life. (John 1:4-9, John 8:12)
We believe He came to empower us and to make us believe in ourselves and the spiritual power we all possess. John 14:12-14
We believe Jesus is the High Priest of a new covenant of the order of Melchizedek not of Aaron or on the basis of regulation but by the declaration of God to serve as our guarantor of the new covenant (Hebrews 7:16-22, 8:6, 9:15)
By the only sacrifice of the body of Jesus made once and for all, those who believe have been made holy and perfect.
We believe in the redemptive power of His name-Jesus (Acts 4:12, Hebrews 7:25)
We believe Jesus is the reason for the founding of our Christian faith: “All authority in heaven has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing (initiating) them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)….and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
ON HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit was with God at the creation of the world. Genesis 1:2
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity.
We believe the Holy Spirit is a portion of God sent to humanity after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the personification of God and of Jesus Christ who communicates and manifests the will of God to humanity.
We believe in the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control:
We believe in the ten gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Courage, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Mystical Powers, Prophecy and Hearing, Speaking and understanding other languages. 1Corinthians 12:7-10
We believe the Holy Spirit is an important part of our ministry.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and the revealer of Truth.
We believe there is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on faithful believers (Baptism in the Spirit. Acts 2:38, Titus 3:5-6
We believe we are made in the image and likeness of God, the Creator.
We believe we are “gods”, sons and daughters of the Most High (Psalms 82:6).
We believe we are God’s expression of love and a true manifestation of His spirit.
We are made in God’s image (Spirit) to reflect and express all the attributes of God in thoughts, words and in deeds.
We believe the God’s spirit in us is the essence of our being therefore is indestructible. “For you have been born again, not with perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23
We believe we are the absolute self, equipped with all the gifts of the spirit and power to take total control and ownership of our own destiny.
We are not of this earthly world. “As it is, you do not belong to the world...” John 15:19
We are an embodiment of God who is love, peace, happiness, joy, spirit-power and strength.
The New Testament church is a body of believers that has been called out from the world by God to live as his people under the authority of Jesus Christ:
The holiest moment of the church service is the moment when God’s people—strengthened by preaching and sacrament—go out of the church door into the world to be the church. We don’t go to church; we are the church."
We believe that church is not the physical building or denomination rather the people are the church.
The main purpose of the church is to love and worship God through Jesus Christ and to evangelize by making God known throughout the world.
We believe we are part of the Body of Christ when we are baptized in Christ. (Roman 6:3-4, Galatians 3:27)
We believe the church (Body of Christ) is the manifestation of the bond Christ has with God and with us. We regard Him as the head of the church. “And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and first born from the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.” Colossians 1:18
ON SACRED SCRIPTURE
We believe the sacred scripture is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to be written for the edification of humanity.(2 Timothy 3:16)
We believe the sacred scripture must be read and understood within the context of the Spirit that reveals all the Truths and not only by any intellectual, denominational, religious or academic interpretation.
We believe the sacred scripture conveys the spiritual nature of God and of our humanity.
We believe the sacred scripture should not be taken completely literally.
We believe the sacred scripture is an instructional guide to living a life in God consciousness, in Christ consciousness and in love.
We believe the sacred scripture is a source of revelation of things to come and of historical of past. (2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe the sacred scripture is the cure and or a lesson for religion (what to do and what not to do).
ON WORSHIP SERVICE
We believe the worship of God must be Spirit centered, thereby calling us to look inward and not outward in our engagement with God. John 14:24
We believe where two or more are gathered in God’s name, there, the spirit of community collectively evokes the Spirit and power of God to be present.
We believe no other sacrifice is needed during worship service since the death of Christ was the perfect sacrifice. Hebrew 9:11-12
We believe the only ritual required is that authorized by Jesus Christ in the commemoration of His suffering, death and resurrection. Luke 22:19
We believe worship service must be orderly (1 Corinthians 14:33)
comprising of Prayer, Singing, Reading of the Sacred Scripture, Teaching from the Sacred Scripture and commemoration of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe we are the first gifts we bring to God’s altar and that we offer ourselves as living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is our spiritual act of worship. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
ON THE KINGDOM OF GOD/HEAVEN.
We believe the Kingdom of God/Heaven is a state of divine and spiritual consciousness that allows for more blessings to come into our life. (Luke 12:31, Matthew 6:33)
We believe that kingdom consciousness is what we need for what we want.
We believe the Kingdom of God/Heaven is not a physical location rather, it is within us. “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and one will announce,’ Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21
The kingdom of heaven/God is what one attains by establishing the consciousness of the truth of being and by transforming one’s life to that truth. There is only one Truth and that Truth is God.
As a man thinks, so is he. Consciousness is the composite of ideas, thoughts, emotions, sensation, and knowledge that makes up the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious phases of a person’s mind. It includes all that man is aware of--spirit, soul, and body. It is very important to understand the importance of our consciousness in spiritual growth. Divine ideas must be incorporated into our consciousness before they can mean anything to us. A consciousness of eternal life places one in the stream of life that never fails. Therefore, it is a state of mind that believes in and acts through the senses. To rise out of sense consciousness, we determine to return to conscious oneness with God. "I will arise and go to my Father" (Luke 15:18).
On the other hand, EGO consciousness or WORLD consciousness leaves us subject to sin, sickness, poverty, and death. To assure continuity of spirit, soul, and body as a whole, we must ever seek to incorporate divine ideas into our mind. The ego or world consciousness is a state of mind based on belief in the reality of materiality, or things as they appear. It is carnal mind expressing its unbelief in the omnipresence of God.
ON GOD CONSCIOUSNESS
God Consciousness is living in God and in love. It allows for the understanding of the mystical spiritual realities of God and the sayings, life, sufferings, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ for the lessons and messages they provide.
· God Consciousness is a constant inward journey that reminds us that we are spiritual beings with spiritual energies that have taken on human attributes, in order to cope and live in a natural world.
· God Consciousness allows us the understanding and articulation of the proper and true context of the meaning of God. God for us is not this supernatural external deity carved out of our sense of fears, weakness to protect us, and provide for us. God for us is the Spirit power within, the unexplainable and that which cannot be defined, called by any name yet has presence and spirit in all living things. God for us is the spirit of the Universe, the uncreated source of life, the inexhaustible expression of love and the essence of all being. God is “I AM’ expressed within the context of divinity and the fullness of humanity.
· God Consciousness gives us the understanding and belief that the only thing greater than us is God.
· God Consciousness is attaining spiritual enlightenment that enables one to discern the will of God in their lives and the lives around them. “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 He reveals deep and hidden things.” Daniel 2:21-22
· God Consciousness gives us the understanding that all God’s creations are spiritually connected and that everything is connected to the universe, sharing the abundant and powerful spiritual energy.
· God Consciousness is the understanding that the wisdom of God is the light that illumines the dark consciousness of man, granting spiritual understanding to the words and works of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, we believe that we live our lives in constant awareness of the Spirit of God within, the Energy of God around us, the saving power of Jesus Christ and the direction of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God Consciousness is centered on Love because God is love. “Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” John 13:35.
We believe it is a new (Spiritual) way of thinking and understanding of the Triune God, the universe and the sacred scripture.
We believe God Consciousness gives the revelation of humanity’s weaknesses, wickedness, sense of disorganization, tendency to worship other gods through the laws.
We believe Jesus came with a new approach and a new consciousness in order that humanity might be able to fulfill the letters of the law. To this Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:37-40
We believe anyone who is willing can be transformed.
We believe transformation is a gift and a grace from God.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the transforming agent of God.
We believe we are transformed into the likeness of Christ through the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
We believe that spiritual transformation is a prerequisite for spiritual empowerment and spiritual living. It starts with the willingness of the individual to change from within so that all outward expressions are reflective of one who is a new creation in Jesus Christ. “……Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
We believe denomination is the creation of man.
We believe denomination does not and cannot save but only Jesus Christ saves.
We believe Jesus did not intend for all believers in His name to create religious and denominational identities. (John 17:20-21) This is the purpose of interfaith.
We are a Body of believers in Jesus Christ with a “catholic” mandate that must transcend all racial, religious, geographical and ethnic lines. “Therefore, go teach and make disciples of all nations…..” Matthew 28:19
Our Christian mission is a responsibility and not a denominational identity.
We have no affiliation with any religious denomination.
We are Christians and co-workers with God for the spiritual transformation and empowerment of lives and of communities. “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1Corinthians 3:9.
ON THE END OF THE WORLD
This does not refer to the end of the physical world, but to the end of an era or age (cycle of human reasoning); or individually, to the end of a certain state of consciousness. The "end of the world" is the separation of the true from the false in consciousness, when the wisdom and understanding of Spirit are so developed in us that we, of our own accord, choose whom we will serve and select that which is right in the sight of God. "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." (I John 2:17).
Therefore, the "End of the World" is the point in consciousness where the true thoughts (God Consciousness and Christ Consciousness) overtake and overpowers “world” consciousness and the “world” loses its power. This is the consummation of the regenerative process, and everything that has been stored up in consciousness is brought forth and becomes of visible, practical value to the man.
We believe that the church is not the physical building but rather, we are collective bricks of the spiritual church. We are the Temple of the living God. 2 Corinthians 6:16
We believe that the church (the Body of Christ) is a living spiritual organism headed by Jesus Christ. “And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and first born from the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.” Colossians 1:18
We believe that where two or more are gathered in God’s name, there, the spirit of community collectively evokes the Spirit and power of God to be present.
We believe that we are the first gifts we bring to God’s altar and that we offer ourselves as living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is our spiritual act of worship. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
Our only Christian ritual during a worship service is that which was instituted by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19
We believe that God does not want us to perish regardless of whatever situation we face. ‘It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” Matthew 18:14
We believe that it is in God’s will that we posses the Kingdom: Everything we need to make it in this world has been provided and predestined for our possession. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32. In addition to possessing the Kingdom, God has willed that we become His children, willed our redemption through Jesus Christ and made it possible that we receive the revelation of His mysteries. Ephesians 1:3-14
We believe that we have authority and power to bring manifestation to our needs that are of God and according to God’s will through Jesus Christ. “I tell you the truth anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than this….” John 14:12